A number of scientific studies have shown way a baby uses her senses in early months of life is crucial to future development. A baby, whose senses are stimulated develop a sharper memory, inquisitiveness and a better concentration. Besides, babies who are stimulated attain developmental milestones earlier have superior muscle coordination, and a safer and sounder personality.
Here a few effective tips that you will find particularly useful to stimulate your newborn's senses and development, right from beginning.
1. Make your baby touch fabrics of different textures, e.g., smooth, rough, cushiony. This would help develop her sense of touch.
2. Hold up bright colored blocks or other colorful objects 10 to 12 inches away from your baby's eyes. When she focuses, try moving it left and right, up and down and then in circles. Doing so will improve her sight.
3. Provide your baby high-contrast toys such as mobiles with black-and-white or primary color patterns, or hang them in crib. These would help stimulate parts of brain controlling vision.
4. Play “Pat-a-Cake” while you hold your baby and gently move her hands.
5. Sing to your baby. Change pitch of your voice from high to low. Doing so will help hold her attention. Babies generally respond well to mom’s singing and will often help her to settle.
6. Talk to your baby whenever you are with her; describe her all that you are doing to her: bathing, changing, feeding. “Are you enjoying your bath? Do you like your new soap? Here comes a new diaper for you.” This type of descriptive talking will not only liked by your baby but is also base of communication between two of you. The more you talk to your baby more she is able to learn.